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Book review | Mental Health: Law and Practice – 2nd edition

Professor Phil Fennell Jordan Publishing Ltd, 2011, £55 ISBN: 978-1846612404

10 September 2011

The mental health practitioner has an increasing range of text books on this area of the law. The accepted bible on mental health law is Richard Jones’ Manual which is soon to be issued in its next edition. There is also Mental Health Law 5th edition by Brenda Hale at £69 for a 388-page paperback published by Sweet & Maxwell.

My first thought is that Richard Jones’ book is likely to remain the first choice for the practitioner or anyone working in the field. Professor Fennell’s book is not a direct competitor as this work is divided into subject areas rather than a commentary on the Act, section by section. My feeling is the mental health lawyer will go to Jones first for the commentary and then to this book for more of a second opinion.

It is now four years since the Mental Health Act 2007 amended the previous legislation. There were fears at the time that concepts such ...

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